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Pet Allergies & Natural Remedies

by Sonia Chartier, on 19 March 2014, Allergies
Pet allergies

Stats about Pet Allergies

Fifteen per cent of people are allergic to pets, such as cats and dogs. These allergies are caused not by hair but by a protein found in the pets’ dead skin flakes (dander), oils, saliva or urine. When these allergens become airborne, they land on the lining of the eyes or nose or are inhaled directly into the lungs causing irritation.

Sadly, short-haired pets do not cause less of a problem to those suffering with allergies as the dander, is still present.

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Allergies

by Sonia Chartier, on 19 March 2014, Allergies
allergies

Symptoms, Causes, and Effects

Until about 100 years ago an allergy was something out of the ordinary as formal infections were the most frequent causes of disease. Nowadays, allergies have been increasing uncontrollably and it is officially accepted that the contamination of our modern environment has created a climate favorable for the development of such illnesses.

What is an allergy?

When speaking of an allergy, we mean a changed or unusual defensive reaction against some known, or unknown, substance. An allergic disposition can be hereditary or acquired and we can get an allergy at any time in life, even as a bottle fed baby.

An allergic reaction to a substance or food can happen within seconds or over a period of up to 72 hours. Countless health problems or even serious illness can be caused by allergens.

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